EMT Classes in Houston, TX with School Overviews

The Houston, Texas, area has six schools that offer emergency medical technology (EMT) training programs. Learn about the degree and certificate programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, none more than 30 miles from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Houston, Texas, Schools with EMT Classes

Several schools in the Houston area offer EMT training programs that meet state and national standards for certification. This article examines the offerings at three schools within 40 minutes of downtown. There is also information on school size, type and tuition, arranged in a table that makes it easy to compare these institutions. At the end of the article is a listing of a few other nearby schools that offer EMT training.

  • Houston Community College (HCC) is just two miles from downtown. HCC students can earn an Advanced EMT Certificate, an Intermediate Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Certificate or an associate's degree in emergency medical services.
  • About 23 miles from downtown Houston, San Jacinto Community College (SJCC) offers basic/ intermediate EMT certificate programs as well as an EMT occupational certificate program and an EMT Certificate of Technology. It also offers an EMT associate's degree program, which is covered in detail later in the article.
  • Alvin Community College (ACC) offers an EMT Intermediate Certificate and EMT certificate and associate's degree programs. Students can earn an associate's degree in EMT that includes an enhanced skills certificate. This school is about 28 miles from the heart of Houston.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table displays information that could help an aspiring EMT student decide which school is the right option.

Houston Community College San Jacinto Community College Alvin Community College
School Type Public, 2-year Public, 2-year Public, 2-year
Total Enrollment (Fall 2014) 58,276* 27,911* 4,837*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $1,632 in-district, $3,360 in-state, $3,756 out-of-state* $1,408 in-district, $2,416 in-state, $3,688 out-of-state* $1,514 in-district, $2,594 in-state, $3,794 for out-of-state*
% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 70%* 57%* 43%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - open admissions policy* N/A - open admissions policy* N/A - open admissions policy*
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 56% for full-time students, 42% for part-time students* 66% for full-time students, 52% for part-time students* 59% for full-time students, 43% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (Students began Fall 2011) 12% * 15%* 16%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator.

Houston Community College

EMT programs offered by HCC include both an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree as well as two certificate options. All programs are categorized within the health and medical sciences career cluster, which focuses on preparing students to serve in a wide range of health-related fields. Programs begin in the fall semester, and coursework is structured for completion in one to two years, depending on the program. All programs include a capstone course to provide skilled experience in an external environment, such as clinical hours or internships.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician consists of 13 credit hours of courses and may be completed in one year. Coursework prepares students to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) - Intermediate exam. In addition to the EMT Basic course that prepares students to pass the corresponding NREMT exam, this program also includes coursework in airway and trauma management, patient assessment and other advanced emergency medical practices.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - Paramedic Certificate Level II

The EMS - Paramedic certificate builds on the curriculum used in the EMT Intermediate Certificate program. It consists of 43 credit hours and can be completed over two years. Coursework includes the education needed to be eligible to test with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for EMT - Paramedic certification.

A.A.S. in Emergency Medical Services

The highest award offered by HCC is an A.A.S., Emergency Medical Services (EMS), requiring the completion of 66 credit hours over two years. It includes courses found in the certificate programs and covers topics such as pharmacology, cardiology, anatomy and physiology. Students must also complete general education courses. Upon completion of this program, students are eligible to take the NREMT - Paramedic exam and the Texas Department of State Health Services licensing exam.

San Jacinto Community College

The A.A.S. degree at San Jacinto Community College is well-suited to provide an educational foundation for more advanced degrees in the medical industry. Coursework includes hands-on training, allowing students to take advantage of SJCC's clinical and field affiliations.

A.A.S in Emergency Medical Technology

The associate's degree program is based on the coursework required for the Emergency Medical Technician Certificate of Technology Program. In addition, students working towards an A.A.S. will also need to take general education courses/electives. These courses include subjects such as composition, algebra, computer applications and social science.

Alvin Community College

ACC offers a number of EMT training options to students through the school's division of science and health technologies. Two instructors make up the faculty for the EMT/EMS department. Curriculum for all programs is in compliance with recommendations made by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Health Services, American Heart Association and the International Trauma Life Support (ITLS).

Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate Certificate

The most basic certificate at ACC may be earned in one year and is constituted of 18 credit hours. Students completing this program earn an Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate certificate. All other EMT programs at ACC build upon this intermediate program's curriculum.

Emergency Medical Technology Certificate

This certificate program requires over two years (five semesters) to complete and consists of a total of 40 credit hours. In addition to the EMT Intermediate Certificate coursework, students will learn paramedic-level skills, such as how to treat special population patients and administer medications in an emergency situation. They will also take courses EMS operations and participate in EMS practica.

A.A.S. Emergency Medical Technology Degree Program or with Advanced Skills Certificate

An A.A.S. in Emergency Medical Technology takes two years and 70 credit hours to complete; students earning the A.A.S. also have the option of completing an additional seven credit hours to earn an Enhanced Skills Certificate. Coursework is completed in classroom as well as clinical settings, including training in local hospitals as well as utilizing ambulance resources.

Other School Options

Other schools in the area surrounding Houston, Texas, that offer EMT training programs include the Lone Star College System, College of the Mainland, and Galveston College, located 33 miles, 35 miles, and 50 miles from downtown Houston, respectively.

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